News

Blago Pay-to-Play Lawsuit Reinstated

Blago Pay-to-Play Lawsuit Reinstated

Photo: Newsradio WTAX

A federal appeals court has taken on the issue of pay-to-play corruption in Illinois under disgraced ex-Gov. Rod Blagojevich.

The U.S. 7th Circuit Court of Appeals reinstated a lawsuit by riverboat casinos in a late Friday ruling. The suit alleges that racetrack owners bribed Blagojevich to push through legislation that transferred 3 percent of casino revenue to the racetracks.

The Chicago-based court says the case required it to “once again to decide whether some shenanigans” in the Legislature “and governor’s office crossed the line from the merely unseemly to the unlawful.”

The same court is still considering Blagojevich’s appeal of his corruption convictions. Jurors convicted him on 18 counts. Three related to his bid to extort a racetrack executive for a donation.

Blagojevich is currently serving a 14-year prison term.

Recent Headlines

in Music

Remember that time the Rolling Stones got arrested in Arkansas?

Fresh
13-overlay2

The Hall of Fame rockers were arrested for reckless driving 40 years ago but for a young deputy prosecutor the case was one to remember.

in Entertainment

Police raid Indy home of ‘Jared from Subway’

Fresh
jaredfogle

The raid comes just months after the former director of the sandwich spokesman's nonprofit Jared Foundation was arrested on federal child pornography charges.

in Entertainment

Your Frappuccino is going to cost you more

Fresh
starbucks

Starbucks says it's hiking prices again starting today, with the increases ranging from 5 to 20 cents for most affected drinks.